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A review of Supernatural S9E16 “Blade Runners”

Dean holding the First Blade

Recap: After several weeks go by with no information from Crowley on the whereabouts of the First Blade, Dean’s getting a bit peeved.  Finally Crowley calls with information… and a favor to ask of Dean.

Oh, my… Crowley really let himself go, didn’t he?

Crowley, suffering from withdrawalWhen I first saw Crowley injecting himself with human blood, I commented how it looked like he was a junkie looking for a fix.  My first thought while watching this episode was how interesting it was that the tables had turned: Sam was once hooked on demon blood, now Crowley’s hooked on human blood.  We didn’t get to see the results of Crowley’s intervention and trip back to sobriety, though you wonder if it was as hard on a Demon as it was with a Human.

SamSo Sam’s doing a bit of research on the story of Cain and Abel…. it’s about time someone started checking into it, considering Dean jumped into the situation with both feet, giving no thought to what it might mean down the line.   It looked as if Sam wasn’t sharing his information with his brother, which leads you to wonder what information he’s collected.  Though he’s still not talking to his brother, he is showing signs of thawing.  That’s a very good sign.  I, for one, refuse to believe the Winchester bond has been broken with no chance of repair.   Sam looked very worried there when Dean was affected by the Blade.

Dean was obviously affected by the First BladeAnd what was going on with Dean?  The Blade vibrated and hummed in his hands while his mark glowed.  Crowley seemed pretty keen on watching Dean’s reaction, calling the elder Winchester a “killing machine.”  Sam just looked worried. (Maybe it was a bit of a déjà vu situation and reminded him of himself, glowing, at the church?)  Though Dean seemed pretty out of it, he did respond to Sam’s voice, eventually, a good indicator that, no matter what, Sam will be able to get through to him.

At least, we hope.

Overall, this episode was enjoyable.  Though I’m not particularly a fan of the “Crowley as a junkie” story line (I miss the days when Crowley was a threat to the boys, not comedic fodder,) I thought Mark Sheppard did an excellent job in this episode.  I’m dying to find out how this story line with Dean (a story line… for DEAN!) will end up, though I predict it will not be an easy ending.   And, of course, I can’t wait until the situation between the brothers resolves itself.  No, they don’t have to be as close as they once were, but the cold, snarky situation between them right now is growing tiresome.

Parting thoughts:

  • How hilarious is it that Crowley drunk dialed Dean?
  • What movie was Crowley watching? Casablanca?
  • Snooki… or Nicole, is a Demon.  Good to see Snooki has a sense of humor and is a good sport.

So what did you think of the episode?  What do you think is happening to Dean?  Do you think Abaddon will take over in Hell?

All photos courtesy of the CW Network.

Cross posted on Entertainment Junkies’ sister site Supernatural Fandom